ARTICLES RELATING TO HOME AFFAIRS

Smart ID cards ready to roll out

2014-02-01 12:09
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Smart identity cards, to replace the green, bar-coded identity books are set to be rolled out to first-time applicants and pensioners, the department of home affairs says.

34 home affairs mobile units not functional

2013-11-26 12:56

With months to go before next year's elections, a spares shortage has left nearly a third of the home affairs department's mobile offices immobile, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says.

Home affairs clamps down on fake documents

2013-10-04 09:00

Numerous mechanisms have been adopted to curb the fraudulent issuing of documents by dishonest home affairs officials, the department's director general says.

Soldier registers 3 customary marriages

2013-10-01 12:32
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A court has permitted a Thaba Tshwane soldier to register his three customary marriages with the home affairs department meaning they can all now receive spousal benefits from the SANDF.

Zuma, Tutu to get smart ID cards

2013-07-04 16:38

The first batch of smart ID cards will be issued to a list of eminent South Africans this month, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says.

ID cards roll-out in July, says Pandor

2013-05-23 13:14
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Green, bar-coded identity books will be replaced with identity smart cards from July, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says.

Home affairs processes Gupta guests

2013-05-03 19:55

The wedding guests who arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base on a Gupta family-chartered jet have been processed through immigration ahead of their departure, the department of home affairs says.

SAHRC welcomes refugee ruling

2013-03-20 07:19

The SA Human Rights Commission has welcomed a court ruling that the department of home affairs must re-open a refugee reception office in central Cape Town by July.

Pandor issues new birth certificates

2013-03-04 20:05

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has issued the first birth certificates containing all vital details of a newborn baby.

Speedy, secure birth certificates soon

2013-01-31 15:31

South Africa will soon issue only unabridged birth certificates, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says.

Komatipoort baby finally registered

2012-12-19 14:41

Home affairs has finally registered the birth of a premature baby born only seven months after his brother, after saying it couldn't register more than one baby born to the same set of parents in one year.

Mpuma newborn will be registered - dept

2012-12-13 11:52

The home affairs department would do everything in its power to register the birth of a premature baby, whose parents have battled to do so because of red tape, an official says.

Home affairs gets OK to use soldiers

2012-11-29 22:14

Using soldiers to work at ports of entry has received the nod from the Johannesburg Labour Court, a home affairs official says.

Home affairs to study Dalai Lama ruling

2012-11-29 18:00

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor will study a ruling that the government acted unlawfully in delaying a decision on a visa application by the Dalai Lama, the department says.

Govt acted unlawfully against Dalai Lama - court

2012-11-29 11:54
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The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that government “deliberately delayed” a decision to grant the Dalai Lama a visa last year.

Home affairs confident about visa case

2012-11-12 22:06

The home affairs ministry has expressed confidence about an appeal by the IFP and Cope regarding the Dalai Lama's visa.

Court questions Dalai Lama visa timeframe

2012-11-12 16:07

The Supreme Court of Appeal has said it found it difficult to accept that a visa application for an international figure could take several months to be processed.

New ID gives woman new lease on life

2012-11-02 08:24

A Bloemfontein woman is excited to get her life back on track after she finally received a new ID after six years of fighting with the home affairs department.

Parliament says farewell to Dlamini-Zuma

2012-09-19 19:00

Parliament has paid a fond farewell and tribute to Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as she heads for Addis Ababa to chair the African Union commission.

Many Africans never get registered - Zuma

2012-09-06 16:56

Africa needs to eliminate "the scandal of invisibility" which sees people living and dying without ever being registered, President Jacob Zuma says.

Widowed gran looks after 17 kids

2012-08-20 10:33

A 68-year-old Soweto grandmother looking after 17 children has told how she is forced to scavenge from dustbins to feed her family.

430 000 ID documents still uncollected

2012-08-14 15:51

Close to 430 000 identity documents still need to be collected from Home Affairs offices around the country, director general Mkuseli Apleni says.

Dlamini-Zuma still home affairs minister

2012-07-17 19:35

Newly-appointed African Union Commission chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma remains minister of home affairs for the time being, the presidency says.

Refugees march to Parliament

2012-06-20 18:54

About 100 refugees and activists have marched to Parliament against the imminent closure of the Maitland refugee reception office.

SAHRC probing abuse of refugees

2012-06-07 16:43

The department of home affairs must come up with urgent and meaningful measures to put an end to the ill treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, the SA Human Rights Commission says.

 

Smart ID card applications open in February

2014-01-23 09:09

Pensioners will be able to apply for smart identity document cards from February, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says.

Four ANN7 employees ordered to leave SA

2013-10-08 11:00

Four foreigners who trained employees of the Gupta family's ANN7 news channel have been ordered to leave South Africa as they overstepped their permit conditions.

1 in 20 asylum applications approved

2013-10-03 07:16

Only one in every 20 asylum applications received by South Africa during the past year has been approved, the home affairs department says.

Dutch man ordered to leave SA after 17 years

2013-07-26 10:06
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A Dutch man who has lived in South Africa with his family for 17 years has been ordered by the department of home affairs to leave the country, it has been reported.

Home affairs official fired over bribe

2013-06-07 12:18

A security chief at the refugee centre in Cape Town has been removed from his post for alleged corruption after being spotted taking a bribe, according to a report.

8 years before all have smart IDs

2013-05-09 22:20

It would take up to eight years to issue all South Africans with so-called smart card identity documents, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says.

New foreign marriage rules to curb fraud

2013-04-22 10:35

The home affairs department says new rules for foreign couples who want to wed in South Africa are intended to curb the high number of fraudulent marriages.

Home affairs must re-open refugee centre

2013-03-19 20:15

The home affairs department must re-open a refugee reception office in Cape Town, the Western Cape High Court has ruled.

Home affairs helps taxi driver's family

2013-03-02 14:10

The family of Emidio Marcia, the Mozambican taxi driver who died in police custody, will be provided with the necessary documentation for his funeral, the department of home affairs says.

Fewer Christmas holiday travellers

2012-12-25 18:20

The number of people travelling through South Africa's ports of entry, about 2.8 million, is down by 3% from the previous year, the department of home affairs says.

Smart ID card next year - Pandor

2012-12-13 15:55

The new smart ID cards will start being issued in the new year, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said on Thursday.

Home Affairs hassle over baby's registration

2012-12-13 10:02

The home affairs department is refusing to register the birth of a premature baby, apparently because he was born just seven months after his brother and the department’s system does not make provision for this.

Dalai Lama can visit for my 90th, says Tutu

2012-11-29 20:01

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu may invite his friend the Dalai Lama to attend his 90th birthday, despite South Africa unlawfully delaying his visa application last year.

Dalai Lama court ruling welcomed

2012-11-29 14:29

Opposition parties have welcomed the ruling that the government acted unlawfully by dragging its heels on the Dalai Lama's visa application, saying it vindicates the view that government broke the country's laws.

Case against home affairs withdrawn

2012-11-15 20:41

An application to prevent the home affairs department from violating the rights of foreigners has been withdrawn, director general Mkuseli Apleni says.

Judgment reserved in visa appeal

2012-11-12 20:51

The Supreme Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in an appeal by Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Mosiuoa Lekota in the visa matter pertaining to the Dalai Lama.

SAHRC: Home affairs violates foreigners' rights

2012-11-03 17:30

The SAHRC has accused the department of home affairs of violating the rights of foreigners at the Lindela Repatriation Centre in the West Rand.

Naledi Pandor new home affairs minister

2012-10-03 13:49
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Naledi Pandor has been appointed as minister of home affairs and Derek Hanekom will take over as minister of science and technology, the presidency has announced.

Don't mess up home affairs - Dlamini-Zuma

2012-09-13 10:23

Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she hopes President Jacob Zuma will be sensible when he replaces her.

One Marikana victim still unidentified

2012-08-24 20:00

Only one of the 34 mineworkers killed during a shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine remains unidentified, the home affairs department says.

Home affairs warned about outsourcing

2012-08-14 21:51

Members of Parliament have asked the home affairs department to re-consider plans to outsource its functions.

Home affairs won't let man leave first wife

2012-08-06 09:07

A Boksburg businessman who got married for the second time has begged top government officials to help him after finding that home affairs still registered him as married to his first wife.

Corruption at OR Tambo curbed - minister

2012-07-06 11:32

Drastic measures have helped curb corruption at OR Tambo International Airport, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says.

Refugees demand reopening of centres

2012-06-19 19:15

About 200 refugees have marched to the Marabastad refugee reception offices in Pretoria, demanding that closed refugee centres be reopened.

ID smart cards by next elections

2012-05-17 14:13

It is expected that smart ID cards will be in use by the next general elections, says the home affairs department.

 
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